One of the most readable introductions to Ken Wilber’s integral theory and philosophy of spiritual evolution is only available on the Internet. If you haven’t discovered Wilber’s columns on BeliefNet yet, here are the links so you can peruse them. These articles are best read in order.
- “Who is Ken Wilber?” by scholar Jack Crittenden.
Wilber’s approach does nothing less than offer a coherent integration of virtually every field of human knowledge…. art to poetry, empiricism to hermeneutics, cognitive science to meditation, evolutionary theory to idealism. In every case he assembles a series of sturdy and reliable, not to say irrefutable, orienting generalizations… Wilber then arranges these truths into chains or networks of interlocking conclusions…
- “An Integral Spirituality” by Ken Wilber — an excellent overview of the integral approach to religion and spirituality
- “Why Do Religions Teach Love and Yet Cause So Much War?” by Ken Wilber — a piece that doesn’t quite answer the title question, but lays the foundation for a fuller response … introduces the concept of angles (a.k.a. perspectives or quadrants)
- “Which Level of God Do You Believe In?” by Ken Wilber — an introduction to the concept of stages of religion
- “The Four Hands of God” by Ken Wilber — goes into more depth on the concept of angles, and begins to sketch the principle of AQAL (starting with the notion that no angle can be reduced to any other angle)If these columns peak your interest, check out the links on this blog’s sidebar under the Integral Blogs and Integral Links sections, including Ken Wilber’s own website and the Integral Institute.I have yet to meet Ken face to face, but I’m looking forward to visiting the Integral Institute before too long. The way that I see Wilber is as a modern-day intellectual and mystic with a body of work that is worthy of comparison to Hegel, Freud, and Buddha. To put it in mythic language, Wilber’s integral theory is the “new hope” in an age dominated by the Dark Lords of Nietzschean postmodern relativism and the neo-medieval MacIntyrian apostles of old Jedi-like traditionalism. May there be balance in the Force forthcoming!